Sound — 8
It's been a really long time since I've posted anything on UG but I thought I would start off again with a review on Yngwie Malmsteen's new acoustic album 'Angels of Love'. Today (March 19) I picked up this album up in anticipation cause I found a copy (it's hard to find some decent albums where I live). Once I got home, I popped the disc into my computer and put on my headphones, I must say, I'm not too surprised of what I heard. In a quick summary, it sounds like his ordinary stuff but slower and without drums and a singer. In Malmsteen's last album 'Perpetual Flame', I found that the drums were really repetitive; same goes on 'Angels of Love'. The piano and other musical instrumentation's harmony was as repetitive to 'Perpetual Flame'. There was nothing complex about it. This would probably be the biggest flaw of the album. Even though that is, it's easy to recognize that it's Malmsteen's work.
Lyrics — 7
There are no lyrics in this album but I will use this section to review the melody instead. The guitar work is more expressive to all his other solo work. This makes it more favorable, instead of plain speed. It's slower, much slower, but more expression, feel and dynamic. But at times, you can catch the backup instrumentation, it can over powering the melody in songs like 'Crying' and 'Miracle of Life'. Overall, the melody is a stretched, long and slow solo, with some fast fills.
Overall Impression — 7
This is like putting your 'toe in the water' to test it sorta approach for Yngwie and the fans. It's not bad, but it's not great either. Lukewarm I would say. It's does sound like Malmsteen, but that it's downfall. The harmony is just too repetitive, that will keep me from listing to this album over and over again. That being said, there are some enjoyable tracks on this album: 'Crying' (minus the harmony), 'Saving our Love', 'Ocean Sonata' and 'Sorrow'. I hope Yngwie realizes that for a outstanding album, there needs to be a strong, complex and expressive harmony line. It's a nice change to hear something different, not impressive but a good start to a different style to what he has been playing. I recommend listening to this first or buy it on sale, but if you're a die-hard Yngwie fan, you will definitely want this in your collection